2016-2017 Hall of Fame

 

 Steven Holcomb
April 14, 1980-May 6, 2017

Steven Holcomb's lengthy and star-studded bobsled career was highlighted by Night Train's gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that snapped a 62-year gold medal drought for the U.S. men's bobsled program. Four years later, he did it again, piloting his BMW two-man sled to bronze in the Sochi Games, breaking another drought that had spanned 62 years. That year, Holcomb also drove Night Train II to bronze in four-man.

Holcomb's career–which began in 1998 as a push athlete–included 60 World Cup medals and five World Championship titles, in addition to his three Olympic medals. Beyond podiums and accolades though, Holcomb was the cornerstone of a budding United States bobsled program throughout the first two decades of the 21st century. His leadership and focus, along with his quiet demeanor and down-to-earth personality, helped to build both team and fan base as he became the most decorated men's pilot in U.S. history. Holcomb also overcame the degenerative eye disease keratoconus, which nearly forced him into retirement before the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid due to 20/500 eyesight. He received a non-surgical C3-R treatment, which strengthens the cornea with a non-invasive technique, and Holcomb was able to return to competition, going on to win the 2009 World Championship title and becoming an inspiration for others affected by the disease. The C3-R procedure was renamed the Holcomb C3-R on April 9, 2010.

After his untimely death in 2017, the Hall of Fame's 10-year clause was waived for the first time in history, and Holcomb was inducted immediately, joining bobsled and skeleton legends and cementing his legacy for generations to come.